I heard from a hotel magnate a few years back that he would write “things to do” at night in a small notepad before he went to sleep and he would strive to complete everything in that list on the next day. He says that doing it that way contributed to his success as a person and as an entrepreneur. From then on, I would always try to remember jotting down things to do and finish them accordingly.
This is a perfect example of setting goals and accomplishing them. It may be simple and just day to day activities but it is a habit to do, a purpose in life and an important part of being human. For some, these goals are challenging to achieve and the road going there is not smooth, but that’s the essence of life. When you wake up in the morning, you know that you have meaning. You know that you have something to do that is interesting and engaging. Hitting short-term and long-term goals are a learning experience which can also make you a happy person.
With that, how can a person effectively set up his goals?
Make a decision.
What do you want to do, have to do, or work on something? It can be big or small, and remember that no goal is immaterial or unimportant. As long as you’re excited and interested in doing something, you have to go for it. When making a decision on your goals, it has to be something that you’re passionate about. It’s not for the benefit of others only. The purpose of making a goal is for self-improvement. This must be your motivating factor.
Write down your goals.
With everything so digital and hi-tech today, people don’t write anymore. They use text and their notepad app. This is fine as long as you check your goals regularly.
For old school ways, people who decide on what goals to work on, write their list on a piece of paper. You need to carefully plan out your goals and think about it. Is it important to you? Will it matter to you and affect other people positively? How will you feel if you achieve it? Does it have value and meaning? These are just some of the things you need to ponder on while writing down your goals.
How to write down your goals: You have to be specific. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you cannot just put down –
I WANT TO EXERCISE AND EAT RIGHT TOMORROW. This is vague.
Instead, you have to write the details –
I will have almond and berry pancakes for breakfast, chicken and spinach salad for lunch with an apple, and roasted beef sandwich for dinner. For snacks, I will only eat a handful of nuts and a cup of mixed fruits like orange, melon, and strawberries with one cup yogurt.
As for exercise, I will do 10,000 steps and use my exercise bracelet. I will park my car far from my work building so that I can walk and use the stairs instead of the elevator. Before I eat my lunch, I will exercise as well.
I also need to drink at least 2 liters of water or whenever I’m thirsty.
Now, this is how to write down a specific goal! Doing it this way will make you stick to the plan and follow through on it.
Break down major goals.
If you notice number 2, how to write down a goal, it is actually the same with number 3 which is breaking down major goals. If your goal is too broad, you need to “dissect” it into minor goals and make it a step-by-step process. By doing all the steps, however little it is, you will be able to finish one major goal!
Work on your first step.
Start from the very basic. For example, you want to lose weight. How do you start losing weight? You need to control your food intake and exercise. How can you do that? First, you have to plan out your eating program. Second, you have to plan out your exercise routine. This is your first step and you can build your goal from that going to the next step in the process.
Move forward and keep on going no matter the obstacles.
Do you know Dory from “Finding Nemo”? All she did was “keep swimming and swimming and swimming.” It is metaphor for “don’t give up.”
Move forward and keep on going with your goals in mind. At times, the process can be difficult or infuriating because you can’t get the outcome you want. It’s ok. Take a deep breath and try to overcome you struggles.
When you reach the other side and you’ve conquered a hurdle, you can say to yourself that you’ve accomplished a goal and you’re still standing tall. With that, you will achieve success and it’s all because of you.
Celebrate and be happy for your success.
This is the sweetest part of goal-setting and achievement – it is by celebrating your success. When you complete a goal, you have to enjoy that feeling of success. You worked hard for it and you’ve earned it. It’s but natural to bask on your accomplishment.
You’ve learned a lot and have grown in the process. You are a better person now and have improved yourself. The next thing to do is – What is my next goal going to be?